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Review | Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – 1983

With Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, I’ve come to an end with this trilogy. And therefore I’m also fully prepared for The Force Awakens next Wednesday. This one will take place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Three years after The Empire Strikes Back, episode VI was released in 1983. I feel very lucky we now only have to wait one year and a half before episode VIII hits cinemas. Return of the Jedi is an epic finale to the first Star Wars trilogy, where the familiar faces confronts evil once more. Episode V ended with Han Solo frozen in carbonite as a present from Darth Vader to Jabba the Hutt. Luke Skywalker lost a hand but got rescued by Leia, Chewie, Lando and the droids.

In this final chapter, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Han Solo needs to be rescued from Jabba The Hutt on the planet Tatooine, before the rebels start their mission. Darth Vader and the rest of the empire is busy building a new Death Star and therefore it is the mission of the Alliance to destroy it, once and for all. In the process we meet the most fascinating creatures and the crew goes to new places as well. While Luke is trying to rescue Darth Vader from the Dark Side, the others have a mission on Endor, the planet where the fluffy Ewoks live.

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Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fischer are all back in their respectively roles: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo – who is his charming self again – and Princess Leia. Of course the droids C3PO and R2D2, and Chewie are back as well. Just like the previous films, the dynamic between these characters is amazing. For the sake of the story it’s good that the droids are not separated for a long time. They are more fun when they’re together. Because of his ‘destiny’, Luke has a lot of screen time with Darth Vader and the most evil person of all time: The Emperor, played by Ian McDiarmid. When I looked him up, I found out McDiarmid also plays in the next trilogy – Episode I, II and III. I really should look into that! I remember I was kind of scared by his character when I was young, especially when he’s doing his lightning thing to Luke. The make-up department made him look very creepy as well, very impressive. Besides the Emperor, we meet the inhabitants of the planet Endor: the Ewoks. Princess Leia is the first person who makes contact with these bear-like creatures, who are very adorable! The most amazing thing is that these Ewoks start helping Leia and the others in their fight against the Empire and in a really funny way, using the forest and a lot of wood.

While Leia, Han, Chewie and the droids have their mission on Endor to deactivate the shield of the new Death Star, It’s Lando’s (Bill Dee Williams) mission to destroy it. Along with others of the Alliance they are having a battle in space, which is fascinating but less interesting than what’s going on on Endor or with Luke and Darth Fader. This time Lando flies in the Millenium Falcon and some weird looking creature, but funny one, is his co-pilot. Talking about wired looking creatures. The film starts on Tatooine, where the crew is on a mission to free Han. At Jabba the Hutt’s place we see a lot of funny and weird creatures, a dance party and a monstrous beast in the ‘dungeon’. The little thing with his hilarious loud laugh is my favourite one, besides Jabba of course. He’s ugly as hell in contrast to the Ewoks.

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The film ends on Endor and there we see the most talked about scene. After Luke has dealt with the Emperor and Vader, he returns to the planet.During the final party scene, he sees the spirits of Yoda, Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker – his father before he turned to the Dark Side of the Force. Anakin used to be portrayed by Sebastian Shaw, but in the latest dvd’s this scene has been changed a bit and now Anakin is portrayed by the actor who played this character in the prequel trilogy: Hayden Christensen. A lot of fans are very negative towards this change, because it’s very disrespectful to the actor, Shaw. Besides this I don’t really have an issue with it. I know a lot of people would disagree with me, but I think it’s nice that Luke sees how his father looked like before he went all evil. On the other hand, Anakin / Darth Vader wasn’t completely lost, which makes him an intriguing character.

Now I’ve seen the complete trilogy it’s interesting to look back and notice that every episode starts with a view on the magnificent Imperial Cruiser, somewhere in space. If I head the means, I would definitely have the Imperial Cruiser and the Millenium Falcon in Lego! John Williams’ soundtrack is something you must not – and even can not – forget. The legendary score belongs to this Saga and I’m really looking forward to hear the theme song along The Force Awakens. I also can’t wait to see the oldies – Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford – back on the big screen in the upcoming film! Return of the Jedi is – at this moment – my favourite film on the Star Wars Saga because of the battle in space and on Endor –  which takes place on the same time -, the Ewoks and the confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader. There was lots of action this time and moments for some laughs and sadness. Despite of everything I thought it was sad when Vader died, since there was indeed some good in him left. We shall see if The Force Awakens can outdo episode VI!

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One thought on “Review | Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – 1983

  1. Great review and I’m also a big fan of Return of the Jedi. Like you I don’t have any problems with the adjustments in the “old” trilogy. A lot of changes were made in the last years, but it makes the movies better in my opinion. Oh, and a little bit of advice… don’t start with the Lego Star Wars collection, because it’s very addicting 🙂 I already got the Darth Vader, AT-AT walker en the new Millennium Falcon, but it’s very expansive and the sets are only available in a limited time. The chance you can’t collect them all is more then probable.

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